Fashion Revolution Week is 23- 29 April, and falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people and injured many more on 24th April 2013.
That is the day Fashion Revolution was born, and the movement went on to greatly affect change in how people view their choices in clothing.
During this week, brands and producers are encouraged to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain. Cosmic Hemp is our own in house clothing range, proudly designed here in New Zealand. We feel confident to share the following information openly with our customers.
The factory we work with to create these products based in China is regularly audited by SGS, one of the global leaders in verification, testing, and certification services. SGS auditors are qualified in social audit techniques local to the country, and speak the workers’ languages. With knowledge of the industries in which they work, they are able to help facilities look at root causes and establish effective action.
Labour standards at the factory
Working hours: 8 hours per day. From 8am to 12pm then 1pm to 5pm.
Wage: According to Chinese government's figures, the wages paid at the mill we work with are between 52% & 104% higher than the standard wages for this province.
No use of child labour or forced labour.
No discrimination or harassment tolerated.
We have assurances that the factory is operating according to Chinese labour law. Regular sporting activities are organised for the workers.
Adding value, fair trade and sustainable livelihoods
Our manufacturer’s emphasis is on the environmental protection and energy saving potential for hemp production. They are committed to constantly looking for new methods to save time and lessen waste.
The mill we work with is a leader in the hemp field, and works as a research institute for hemp. They follow the environment protection law of China for production.
Our supplier has been inspected and assessed according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Organic Content Standard (OCS) and follows the Oeko-tex Standard 100 code of conduct.
What do those big words actually mean?
According to these ethical & environmental standards, we can guarantee the following with regard to the manufacturing process of our fabrics in China:
All of our garments are constructed with only the highest quality GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic hemp and cotton fabrics, and farmed without the use of dangerous chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers or genetically modified seeds.
The chemicals used in regular cotton crops have been linked to groundwater, surface water, and drinking water contamination across the globe. Choosing to buy organic helps to support these socially responsible farms, as change must begin with us as consumers and producers.
When an item carries the GOTS label grade “organic,” it must contain at least 95% certified organic fibers. It is so strict that it requires organic textiles to be separated from conventional ones at at all stages of processing.
The standard doesn’t just ensure that the final product meets these specifications. It covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading, and distribution of its textiles. A functional wastewater treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved.
One of the coolest things about GOTS is that it also is a regulator of “social criteria.” Manufacturers certified to GOTS must pay their workers a fair wage, ensure working conditions are safe and workers’ hours are not excessive, and use absolutely no child labor.
The OCS (Organic Content Standard) certification and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 guarantees you that your new clothes have been processed without harmful chemicals. Your skin is permeable, so if you’re wearing clothes that have been processed with harmful chemicals, those chemicals can be absorbed into your body.
This global standard is voluntary and updated annually by independent third party laboratories.
It is important to us to ensure that our products are safe for our customers, but also for our worker's safety when involved in the processes to create them.